We have learned from Doug Tallamy that our oak trees are the most important native powerhouse tree for feeding over 500 species of caterpillars that turn into our pollinator moths and butterflies AND are the most important food source for our birds. Planting an oak is one of the best things we can do in our yard.
Join Tim Boland to understand the great diversity of oaks found throughout North America and locally in New England. Tim will paint a picture of the genus Quercus, including its fascinating evolutionary history, and challenges posed by climate change. He will illuminate the deep connection oaks have to humanity across the world, and explain why they are widely considered to be the ecological glue that holds plant communities together. Familiarity with oaks is vital for anyone looking to garden for biodiversity— Tim will show us how to identify most of the twelve species native to New England, and offer guidance on species selection, installation, and maintenance for establishing oak trees in our managed landscapes.